Judge Rules Felons With Out-of-State Pardons Can Own Guns

A Davidson County court ruling could aid felons pardoned in other states who want to own guns in Tennessee, reports The Tennessean.

It’s the result of a Franklin nurse who wanted to go squirrel hunting with his son.
David Scott Blackwell was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia but received a full pardon there in 2003. He moved to Tennessee in 2009 and sought to own a gun but was denied a permit by the state. His victory in Davidson County Chancery Court, if it stands, probably will pave the way for others to regain their gun rights.
The ruling also adds to a growing legislative and judicial movement across the nation toward allowing more felons to regain their civil rights.
“The decision is really far-reaching because people have Tennessee pardons,” said Blackwell’s attorney, David Raybin, a Nashville defense attorney who often handles felon civil rights cases. “I have a couple of clients who have been waiting in the wings for this decision because they have Tennessee pardons and they want to get firearms.”
Blackwell, who works in home health care, said the journey has been frustrating. He doesn’t have his gun yet. He’s waiting to see if the ruling is appealed, which the state is mulling over, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee attorney general said.
“I rebuilt my life and went back to college. I got a full pardon with my gun rights restored, moved up here, and (Tennessee) said I couldn’t purchase a gun,” Blackwell said. “I just wanted to go buy a little .22 to go squirrel hunting with my kid, who’s now 14. We’ve missed three or four hunting seasons now.”

3 thoughts on “Judge Rules Felons With Out-of-State Pardons Can Own Guns

  1. john

    The Tennessee A.G. needs to be removed from any opinions involving the 2nd amendment….how much has he cost the tax payers fighting this case? Our politicians are to blame also….they have labled a felon as someone who is a monster and has no rights as an individual yet about 99% of them are felons due to something minor as stealing a hubcap in the 50’s, writing a bad check and so on. A felon in my mind should be someone who has murdered someone, raped someone, armed robbery…something very violent. Someone who got in a bar fight 30 years ago and had no money to hire a competent attorney and had a public defender , which we all knows ends in a conviction should have a better way then A governors pardon to have the conviction removed yet our AG thinks they are still a felon…even after a pardon. How many people do you know who have been found not guilty with a public defender? Thats what i thought. Felons should be able to have their 2 amendment rights restored.

  2. john

    The Tennessee A.G. needs to be removed from any opinions involving the 2nd amendment….how much has he cost the tax payers fighting this case? Our politicians are to blame also….they have labled a felon as someone who is a monster and has no rights as an individual yet about 99% of them are felons due to something minor as stealing a hubcap in the 50’s, writing a bad check and so on. A felon in my mind should be someone who has murdered someone, raped someone, armed robbery…something very violent. Someone who got in a bar fight 30 years ago and had no money to hire a competent attorney and had a public defender , which we all knows ends in a conviction should have a better way then A governors pardon to have the conviction removed yet our AG thinks they are still a felon…even after a pardon. How many people do you know who have been found not guilty with a public defender? Thats what i thought. Felons should be able to have their 2 amendment rights restored.

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